Pets for Life
Tavi & Friends' Programs - A Lifetime Commitment
Tavi’s programs are designed to help needy animals.
But we also recognize that potential adopters and pet parents may need a little help, too. We work with you to find the right
pet for you, your family, and your lifestyle, including offering tips on introductions to other pets, pet care, behavioral
and wellness issues, and other information to help you be a loving, responsible pet parent.
By providing information
that helps people make informed decisions about what is right for their pets and for them, and by helping pet parents learn
how to incorporate techniques to work through issues, this often reduces the number of pets returned, abandoned at shelters
or on the streets as a final resort.
rescues and re-homes animals with special challenges, who are cared for in a foster-care environment with volunteers who provide
daily and veterinarian-administered care for these animals. We hope to find a proper forever home for these animals but, if
we cannot, due to their special needs, they have a loving home with us forever through our Foster Sanctuary Program.
especially want people to understand that being a "special" animal should not translate into an "unwanted"
animal or cause an animal to be harmed in any way. Knowing--and taking action--can make a world of difference to every animal.
Tavi & Friends is a limited intake organization. We rescue homeless animals
through owner surrenders, abandonment, from kill-shelters, and by other means, as space and funding allows. Tavi & Friends
is a no-kill organization and will not euthanize any animal of reasonable health.
Rescue|medical costs are high. Please donate to help us rescue more animals in need.
Rehab and Foster Care Programs
When an animal is rescued, they typically
need some form of rehabilitation, whether medical, therapeutic, or behavioral. We have volunteers who specially work with
these areas. One of our therapies is TTouch, which can enhance health and provide behavior modification|socialization.
foster care network is throughout the NYC and LI areas, where our animals are housed and cared for by loving volunteers in
their own homes. This allows us to become familiar with each animal's personality and traits, as well as helping to promote
Tavi & Friends rescues predominantly kittens and cats, occasionally
small dogs (under 10#), from kill shelters, owner surrenders, abandons and strays. Once we accept a rescued animal into one
of our programs, we will provide medical and daily care, foster care as appropriate, rehab, training, and other appropriate
therapies. Once an animal is healthy and ready, s/he will be placed for adoption, and we will endeavor to find a loving, forever
home for each.
Tavi’s adoptable animals will be listed
on our website through Petfinder, Adopt-a-Pet, and AdoptNY partner sites. We have two Petco Adoption Centers on LI where you can visit the adoptable
animals in residence:
Petco, 2824 Long Beach Road, Oceanside NY 11572
Petco, 1851 Sunrise Hwy, Bay Shore NY 11706
You can schedule a meet’n’greet with any of our adoptable
animals at one of our adoption centers, adoption events, or by appointment. Tavi & Friends is a no-kill organization,
and will not euthanize any animal of reasonable health.
Foster Sanctuary Program
of our biggest dreams is to someday have a sanctuary where we can house special animals who may be unable to find a
forever home due to age, physical, emotional or behavioral limitations. Until then, we provide for these animals
through a very small "Foster Sanctuary" program. The animals live in special foster homes with volunteers who are able to provide
long-term care and give them a home for life, with lots of love. Some of these animals may be adopted into homes with
people experienced in their care.
Community Outreach | Education Program
Our goal is to provide the community with information that helps people make informed decisions
about what is right for their pets, for feral cats, and for all animals. We especially want people to understand that being
a homeless or "special" animal should not translate into an "unwanted" or “bad” animal, or
cause an animal to be harmed in any way. Knowing--and taking action--can make a world of difference to
every animal. Our Community Outreach|Education Program endeavors to provide
information on resources available in the NYC and LI areas, and to empower communities to make--and implement--humane choices
Animals"Old, sick, disabled, getting
These are labels that are sometimes heaped on pets unfairly. After a lifetime of
loyalty and love, they deserve our compassion and care. More than ever, they need our love. Caring for an older, sick, or disabled pet
can be as rewarding for us as it is comforting to them. Behavioral changes in our pets often mean they are not feeling well
– and it's time for a visit to your vet. They get cranky just like we do when we don't feel well.
We understand it can be difficult. These are our beloved pets who have given their lives to love, comfort
and often protect us; now it's our turn to give that all back. But people with special-care animals often need assistance
in finding ways of coping, whether through education, counseling, holistic care, touch therapies, or other alternatives. Please
consider all options before giving up on your companion. Please feel free to contact us for assistance in finding resources.
Some of Tavi's special-care
animals may not be under our “adoptables” listing, as they may require extra special care and will only be placed
in homes with people who are experienced in their care. If any animal is not adopted, they have a home with us for life.
The costs incurred for the animals we rescue can be high.
If you can help with a monthly commitment of $10, $20, or any amount, the money will go directly to their daily care, food, housing and medical expenses. You donation
is greatly appreciated!
TNR is a feral cat management practice widely used in the animal welfare community,
and is effective for managing feral and free-roaming cats in colonies and on the streets. TNR is a humane method
of managing colonies and the one proven technique that actually works. TNR helps reduce the number of kittens born every year
through spay|neuter, and also providing vaccinations to maintain the overall health of the colony.
& Friends' LI program is a community outreach program, educational in nature, which provides
resource information in reducing and managing feral cat overpopulation on LI through this humane, non-lethal method (TNR).
Tavi & Friends offers the following limited services to individuals:
-- loans|rentals of traps as available
-- instructions on use
-- Resource info on humane TNR|feral cat
-- advice by phone or email
For Info on ...
Feral Cat Resources:
NYC - TNR Services:
contact The NYC Feral Cat Initiative
Stray or Feral?
Throughout the NYC and LI areas, there are many dedicated individuals and TNR-specific organizations who maintain the
health and well-being of cats in colonies. They sometimes find cats in their colonies that are not actually feral but strays
who have been dumped and abandoned by their “owners.” When kittens and cats from colonies can be socialized, they
can be rescued and permanent, loving homes found. For those unable to be socialized, they are returned to their original
location and remain with their colony; colony caretakers continue to provide daily care.
Animal Abuse and Neglect
Abuse, neglect, abandonment, is never acceptable,
whether inflicted on people or on animals! Please be vigilant in your neighborhood or anywhere. There are many resources
available to report abuse, get help when being abused, and obtain more knowledge about how to help stop this horrible practice. Contact
your local police or Humane Society if you see abuse.
NYC | ASPCA
LI | Nassau or call 516-571-ACHL (2245)
LI | Suffolk
Pet Ownership |Training & Wellness Care
A happy, healthy pet, who will be your lifetime companion is a rewarding experience. Providing
proper nutrition, regular veterinary visits, proper training methods, exercise and socialization, and lots of love, is a commitment
to your animal(s) and the responsibility of each and every pet owner.
Spay-Neuter | Vaccination |
Spaying or neutering your pet(s) is an important goal, one that not only helps to keep the ever-rising pet population
in check, but also can help to reduce the possibility of some health issues. Vaccinating your pets also provides important
health protection. Finding a good vet and having a good working relationship is important for ongoing discussions about your
pets health and medical needs.
There are many sources for low cost spay/neuter, vaccinations and good veterinary
care around the NYC/LI areas.
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